Ayurveda is The Science (Knowledge) of Life and Art of well-being. This Indian System of Medicine is as old as man itself, which believes to cure the disease and not merely the symptoms and ensures its patients are restored to the peak of Health - Physically, Mentally and Emotionally. The oldest documented holistic medical knowledge has originated in India over 6000 years ago and from its early roots to today Ayurveda has represented an overall approach to physical and mental well-being of an individual. It also provides a fresh perspective to today’s challenging health issues.
Ayurveda encompasses both ancient wisdom and practical science, which not only cures the disease but also teaches us how to maintain and protect one’s health. The objective is not to treat disease, but to address the individual person, bringing him or her back to their unique state of balance or equilibrium. Thus Ayurveda goes to the origin or source of disease to create ultimate health, which is defined in Ayurveda not only as optimal functioning of body, mind and the senses, but also as the presence of a joyful soul within.
Indian philosophers state that Ayurveda originated from Brahma, the creator of the universe. Brahma is not a mere individual but the unmanifest from the Divine Lord, from whom the whole manifest world comes into being. The desire to maintain fitness, health and longevity is one of the basic instincts of all creatures. Ayurveda in this respect sets the pattern for other system of medicine. It is a tradition with an antiquity comparable to that of life itself.
THE EIGHT BRANCHES OF AYURVEDA:
- Kaya Chikitsa (General medicine)
Bala Chikitsa (Pediatrics’- Children diseases, Obstetrics and Gynecology)
- Graha Chikitsa (Psychiatry & Demonology)
- Ordhwanga Chikitsa (Diseases of Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat)
- Shalya Chikitsa (Surgery)
- Damstra Chikitsa (Toxicology)
- Jara Chikitsa or Rasayana (Rejuvenation Procedures) &
- Vrusha Chikitsa or Vajikarana (Aphrodisiac/Sexology)
Ayurveda uses a Theory of Pancha Maha Bhootha (Five Great Elements): Akasha (space), Vayu (air), Tejo (fire), App (water) and Prudhvi (earth), to describe principles of how nature functions and therefore to understand our own true nature. Ayurveda maintains that we are an intimate reflection of everything in the universe; we are all composed of these five elements.
In the human being, these five elemental energies refine into three essential governing principles known as Doshas. These Doshas are three in number. They (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) represent the physical traits and mental tendencies that combine at conception to form the foundation of our unique nature. Through this understanding, one can successfully maintain a state of health and restore vitality when it has been lost.
Vata Dosha, composed of the elements of Air and Space, governs Movement and Communication. Pitta Dosha, composed of the elements of Fire and Water, governs Digestion and Metabolism. Kapha Dosha, composed of the elements of Earth and Water, governs the principles of Structure and Lubrication. We are comprised of all three doshas. However, they get expressed in each individual in different proportions, which determines our Unique Constitution (Prakruthi).
The concept of constitution provides us with a psycho-physiological blueprint of our strengths and challenges. This guides us in choosing appropriate lifestyle choices to attain a state of harmony. Ayurveda provides us with many tools and practices specific to our constitution. These include Diet & Nutrition, Daily Routine, Herbs, Meditation, Massage and Seasonal Cleansing & Rejuvenation Programs.
The ultimate Aim of Ayurveda is to establish the ability to live every aspect of life to its fullest, in complete conscious connection to nature’s infinite intelligence. It is a simple, practical science of self-healing that works to bring individuals into a state of harmony within themselves, their environment and the planet.
The inability of Modern Allopathy to allay all sicknesses and diseases has made an increasing number of people turn to Ayurveda, which has an abundance of ancient secret cures for stubborn & incurable diseases. Ayurveda is the new balm for fevered souls, which uses natural herbs and their oils to treat ailments and ensures a Long-Lasting Healthy, Happy and Peaceful Life without any side effects.
The focus of Ayurveda is-
"To maintain the Health of a Healthy person" &
"To eliminate the Disease of the diseased person".
It is a Preventative Medicine with the emphasis on early detection and taking action before disease occurs.
After centuries of testing, Ayurvedic Science has proven effective, allaying concerns about side effects. Ayurvedic Treatments satisfy every aspect of a person's well being - Physical, Mental Social and Spiritual.Today, in the search for more complete healing and harmonious well being, the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda is gaining international popularity as an alternative and complement to modern Allopathic Medicine.